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2019 Iditarod » Mushers » Jeff Deeter

Jeff Deeter

Bib Number: 25
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Biography

Jeff Deeter, 31, moved to Alaska with his parents at the age of five. His mom, who always wanted to move to Alaska, took a job teaching in Noorvik. He says he went to the start of the 1998 Iditarod as a ten year old and knew then that he wanted to compete in this event someday. At age 15, Jeff started running sled dogs and ran his first Iditarod in 2008 at the age of 19. His next run was a decade later in 2018 with an entirely new, young group of dogs. Jeff says, “This race is the ultimate test of man and dog and their unique and primitive bond. I love the challenge of bad weather and rough trail, and that challenge keeps me excited about this race.” Jeff climbed 28 places in last year’s Iditarod to finish in 15th. “Finishing in the top 20 with a group of two and three year old dogs was a complete surprise! I am excited to bring those same dogs back to Iditarod 2020, just as they hit their prime and are ready for more competitive racing.” When asked what part of racing the Iditarod is most challenging for Jeff, he insists it’s not the dark, the cold, the sleep deprivation or those famously technical sections of trail. “It’s the dog care. It’s up to the musher to ensure every dog on their team is in peak health. We have to be constantly vigilant to make sure we’re detecting any change in their status. That definitely keeps me awake on the runners. Having a happy, healthy team come across the finish line is the most important thing to me.” Jeff and his wife, KatieJo, own Black Spruce Dog Sledding, a home-based tour business that introduces people to the unique lifestyle of mushing in Alaska. They share a love of dogs and mushing and encourage fans to follow their kennel’s adventures through Facebook and Instagram.

Sponsors

Doug/Arlene, WA
Julie F, WI
Fowler Family, GA
Mystery Donor, GERMANY
Stephanie Franzen
The Bailey Family, MA
Gretchen/Noah
Jade M
Auto Trim Design
ML/Paula, CA
The Last Checkpoint Retired Sled Dog Kennels
Anne and Charlie, MT
The Zanetti Family, PA/AK

Jamie/Marco, TX
Melissa M, WA
John/Claudia, MO
Caleb K
The Karstensen Family
Karen/Clarence, WI
Caralyn/Lillian, NJ
Kurt M, FL
Marilyn C, NM
The Clifford Gals, TX
dogbooties.com
The Woodwell Family, PA
Mike and Annita, CA


2019 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/03 14:46:00 13
Yentna 3/03 21:12:00 13 3/03 21:14:00 13 0h 2m 6h 26m 6.53 42
Skwentna 3/04 00:39:00 13 3/04 03:43:00 13 3h 4m 3h 25m 8.78 30
Finger Lake 3/04 11:27:00 13 3/04 11:33:00 13 0h 6m 7h 44m 5.17 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 14:57:00 13 3/04 18:56:00 12 3h 59m 3h 24m 8.82 30
Rohn 3/04 23:33:00 12 3/04 23:52:00 12 0h 19m 4h 37m 7.58 35
Nikolai 3/05 15:11:00 12 3/05 20:24:00 11 5h 13m 15h 19m 4.90 75
McGrath 3/06 04:04:00 11 3/07 05:00:00 11 24h 56m 7h 40m 6.26 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/07 07:17:00 11 3/07 07:18:00 11 0h 1m 2h 17m 7.88 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 10:06:00 11 3/07 14:10:00 10 4h 4m 2h 48m 8.21 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/08 05:45:00 10 3/08 12:22:00 10 6h 37m 15h 35m 5.13 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 19:30:00 10 3/09 03:35:00 10 8h 5m 7h 8m 7.71 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 06:47:00 10 3/09 06:48:00 10 0h 1m 3h 12m 7.81 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 09:13:00 10 3/09 15:51:00 9 6h 38m 2h 25m 7.45 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/10 03:48:00 9 3/10 03:59:00 9 0h 11m 10h 57m 5.66 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/10 17:29:00 9 3/10 23:24:00 8 5h 55m 13h 30m 4.44 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/11 14:41:00 8 3/11 20:42:00 8 6h 1m 15h 17m 5.56 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 02:22:00 8 3/12 08:25:00 8 6h 3m 5h 40m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 16:23:00 8 3/12 22:10:00 8 5h 47m 7h 58m 6.28 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 04:49:00 8 3/13 09:51:00 7 5h 2m 6h 39m 7.22 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 17:50:00 7 3/14 01:50:00 7 8h 0m 7h 59m 5.76 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 08:43:00 7 3/14 08:46:00 7 0h 3m 6h 53m 7.99 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 11:48:12 7 3h 2m 7.25 ✔ ✔ 22